Behavioral Health Business November 21, 2022
In order to address workforce challenges, the behavioral health industry must support current and future mental health professionals to overcome financial, educational and workplace challenges.
These barriers prevent people from entering the space and lead to burnout for existing providers. They especially impact people of diverse and low-income backgrounds, according to a Government Accountability Office report.
The report is GAO’s distillation of existing federal behavioral health workforce efforts and research. It organizes challenges into three categories: financial, educational, and workplace.
From a financial perspective, low reimbursement rates translate into low provider compensation. Diminished earning prospects discourage students from taking on debt for behavioral health careers.
“Burgeoning psychologists appear to be burdened with alarmingly large and ever-increasing amounts of debt, with...